Richard ”Chink” Gaines Inducted in 2003

Player Inducted in 2003
Richard "Chink" Gaines Richard ”Chink” Gaines, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 2003
Photo credit: (Seton Hall Athletics)
Richard "Chink" Gaines (April 13, 1936-December 19, 2022), was born in Saluda, South Carolina he came to Brooklyn as a child, then later attended Franklin K. Lane High School.

Gaines played for Seton Hall University under the late coach “Honey” Russell. Gaines. He scored over 700 points in his first year for the Seton Hall Pirates and averaged 500 points in each of his three varsity seasons.  He led the Seton Hall team to three bids in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Gaines was named the most valuable player in the Orange Bowland Virginia Invitation Tournament. During his collegiate career, honors received by Richard include the Metropolitan Basketball Writers of New York and named to the Look Magazine All-NCAA basketball team.

In his professional career, he was selected by the Syracuse Nationals (now Philadelphia 76ers) in the 1957 NBA draft and had a long career playing in the Eastern Basketball Association. Richard played for a brief time with the Syracuse Nationals in the NBA, but the majority of his professional basketball career was in the Eastern Professional League with Easton, Scranton, and Camden. Named “Rookie of the Year “and selected for the All-League Team for 11 consecutive years and played on seven championship teams.

Richard was inducted into the  Seton Hall University Hall of Fame in 1978, the Brooklyn USA  Hall of Fame in 1986, and the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame